Back in the USA

We re-entered the USA at Drummond Island and cleared customs there staying at Drummond Island Yacht Haven.   Soon after we docked, part of the Amway fleet began to arrive. Their 85’ yacht SunQuest was first, and then Dick and Betsy’s 163’ SeaQuest arrived, followed by a 70’ Hatteras yacht and a couple of large tenders.   […]

Trent Severn Waterway (part 1)

After Trent Port Marina at Trenton, we started the Trent Severn Waterway.   The water way is over 240 miles long and has 44 locks.  The first obstacle after the marina was the second bridge before the first lock.   Even though we called and were told “yes” there is 22’ of clearance that is not what […]

Canada Day Celebrations

From Prinyers Cove, we traveled a short distance to Picton and docked at Tip of the Bay Marina.   There is a lot of flooding on Lake Ontario because the water level is about 3 feet above normal.  Many marinas on Lake Ontario are closed because their docks are under water.  Picton has a nice shopping […]

The Canals

The beginning of the Erie Canal is at Waterford where you leave the Hudson River.  The Erie Canal starts with lock #2, because the Federal lock at Troy on the Hudson is not counted as being part of it.  The Troy Lock is called the “government” lock and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps […]

The Hudson River

We left the New York city area and started traveling again.    The route from Half Moon Harbor took us past Stoney Point—the first light house we saw on the trip home when we purchased Sanctuary.  We are retracing our route until we get to the Owego Canal and turn north off the Erie Canal.  The […]

On to Annapolis and Swan Creek

From the Potomac River, we re-entered Chesapeake Bay and traveled toward Annapolis.  Not too far into the bay, we caught up with our looper friends on Southern Cross and Moon Shadow. We followed them the rest of the way into Annapolis.   Earlier, we communicated with them and set up to meet in Annapolis Landing Marina.  […]

On to Washington DC (Part One)

Approaching Washington DC, you can see the Washington Monument from a long way away since it is the highest structure in the area.  Numerous planes and helicopters flew over as we approached the city.  Busy Reagan International Airport is next to the river. Many helicopters fly along the river and we continue to sight an […]

Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Southport, Wrightsville Beach, Mile Hammock Bay, Beaufort NC, Oriental, and then Belhaven.

Leaving Charleston, it was a perfectly flat travel day as we moved toward Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown. We planned to leave the boat for a week and take a quick trip home, but Teresa got sick so we visited a med center instead.  Minor sinus infection and fluid in her ear.   Picked up some antibiotics […]

Charleston and Patriots Point

If you are in the Charleston area, be sure and visit Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.   You will find the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, USS Laffey Destroyer battle ship, and USS Clamagore submarine. As part of your very reasonably priced ticket, you can also tour a Vietnam Experience along the shoreline.   It took most […]

Rockets and Really Old Stuff

From Vero Beach, we travelled to the Cocoa, FL area and anchored near town.   Cocoa has a lot of small touristy shops and restaurants.   We watched the NASA websites about a possible rocket launch and were excited to learn that one was scheduled for the evening we were in Cocoa. The area is called the […]

All The Lonely Pools

Leaving Ft Lauderdale on the way to Stuart, we passed many mansions and super yachts.  As we passed each mansion thinking it must be the biggest; soon another once appeared that was even bigger.  The varied architecture and designs are quite the show.  Each mansion and even the “small” homes have their own pool, many […]

St. Patrick’s Day Already

  While staying in Fort Lauderdale, we found out they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Saturday before the actual date.  They have vendors and booths, bands on the stage, and a parade.   We had to see the parade because we consider St. Patrick’s Day an important holiday since our favorite daughter was born on that […]

Marathon—we’re in the Keys!!!

We are staying here in Marathon, at Sombrero Dockside Marina, for the month of February and plan to have a few visitors.  Years ago, our family and two children visited Key West. So it’s been a long time since we’ve been in this neck of the country. Sometime during our February stay, we will take […]

Everglade City

The wind finally subsided and we started traveling out into the gulf toward Everglade City and the 10,000 islands.  As we were leaving Marco Island, we passed Witte’s condo and Henk saw us out in the gulf with binoculars.  The ride to Everglade City was lumpy due to left over waves from the strong wind […]

Marco Island—Alligators and Wind

Just a few miles south of Naples, you will find beautiful Marco Island—our next destination.   We docked in Naples for a few nights, so we planned to anchor in one of the bays on Marco Island.   After winding through the canals and passageways, we arrived at Smokehouse Bay. Active Captain informed us of a dock […]

Fort Myers Beach, and Naples

We have anchored many times, but never used a mooring ball before arriving at Fort Myers Beach.  We pulled up and Teresa grabbed the loop of the mooring ball first try. We then tied off and were secure for the night.   Lots easier than docking or anchoring.    Mark and Karen from Captains Choice were in […]


After a couple of remote anchorages, we landed in Sarasota at Marina Jacks which is right in the heart of the city.   From remote beaches to 4-lane highways and traffic jams, the contrast was quite dramatic.   There are so many restaurants and places to shop in Sarasota.  St. Armand’s Circle is well-known for their high-end […]

Anna Marie Island and Jewfish Key

From Egmont Key, we traveled a short distance to Bradenton Beach on Anna Marie Island—a feel of old Florida. Building height restrictions only allow less than 40 feet high. I believe that’s what we like about the place—no huge high-rise condos looming overhead. Years ago, we rented a motel-like condo right on the shores of […]

Egmont Key

Heading south to Egmont Key, we crossed Tampa Bay going by the Sunshine Bridge.  Although the bridge is a very different construction, it reminded us of the Mackinaw Bridge back home with its twin towers.  The coast guard warned of fog in the area, which is exactly what we encountered the last mile of the […]

Moving Again, Headed South from Dunedin, Florida

After a great, and unique for us, Christmas in Dunedin we are moving again. This is a first for us. We’ve enjoyed Christmas in Michigan or Minnesota, but never Florida. It hardly seems possible the month of December flew by so fast.  We chartered Captain Jared’s fishing charter as a gift for a half day […]

Sun, Sand, Shells, Swimming, Snorkeling, Shopping, Special Friends and family, getting ready for Christmas

There are many things to do in the Dunedin area.   Popular attractions include Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island—both state parks.  There are miles of beaches on Honeymoon Island.   We took our dinghy over to Caladesi Island which is also accessible by ferry. While there, I captured quite a few bird pictures and shells. A few […]

Thanksgiving by the pool outdoors and Amanda’s arrival!

After we hung out for a bit in Tarpon Springs, our daughter Amanda arrived to visit for Thanksgiving.  We gathered with a group of loopers by the marina clubhouse and pool.  Imagine actually eating Thanksgiving Day dinner outside in short sleeves and sandals—something we have never done in Michigan.  [Sorry, we heard Michigan’s weather proved […]

Staying in Alton a few days

We are staying in Alton a few days; the next stop down the river “Hoppies” was full.  The locks are back operating, but it did cause some back ups.  The Alton Marina is a very nice marina to hang out for a few days.  We rented a car so we could complete some shopping errands in the […]

Today we are in Ottawa IL

We traveled yesterday from Joliet to Ottawa IL.   We had a long wait at the Marseilles Lock, so we tied up to a barge with three other loopers and had “Locktails.”  We had planned to travel south today, but were told there was a 4 hour wait at the Starved Rock Lock.  It was […]

Stayed in Joliet Today

We tried to continue south on the river today but the Brandon Road Lock just down stream from here was closed all day.  Late in the day one pleasure craft and Barge/tow came up river.  We have not seen any more since those two that were in the lock together.   The wall here is […]

Tomorrow the plan is to start down the rivers

We enter the river, just north of the DuSable Marina where we are tonight.  There is a lock with about a 1 foot drop to the river. The river will take us right through the heart of Chicago under many bridges. The mast and antennas are lowered to get under the bridges.  While staying in Chicago, […]

The Great Loop Adventure Begins

Today we started on our Great Loop Adventure.  We said “see you later”  not good-by to the many great friends at our home marine, Lakeshore Yacht Harbor.  We are exited to have our daughter Amanda and dear friends Henry and Mary Kuyt, traveling with us.  Scott and Karen Devoll and their son Alan are traveling […]

Getting Ready for Starting our Great Loop Adventure

We are working on final preparations to leave on the loop adventure. Lots of details to work on: Selling second car, finding new home adoption for cats, closing down and selling fish in three large aquariums, packing for extended trip, etc, etc…… There also have been a few final projects getting Sanctuary ready,  Installing AIS, […]

Sanctuary Gets A New Bottom

  Sanctuary had some peeling bottom paint, blisters and bottom issues.   So we decided those needed to be corrected before we leave on the loop. The major steps were: Boat was sand blasted in fall after haul out Remainder of old paint and poor gel-coat removed via sanding Blisters opened with grinder and sander […]

Looper Seminar and Trawler Fest

Looper Lifestyle We visited Fort Myers and attended the AGLCA (America’s Great Loop Cruisers Association) event.  This included a daylong seminar titled, “Great Loop Cruising: A guide to the Looper Lifestyle.” The loop is a circular route going around the eastern half of the United States encompassing about 6,000 miles.   During the seminar, Gold Loopers (people […]

Leaving Arcadia for Manistee

We left Arcadia and made the short trip to Manistee.  There was a nice following sea for the trip.   Sanctuary secured a dock at the Manistee Municipal Marina.   They have a new clubhouse/bathhouse for visiting boaters.  It has a very nice lounge area and a number of individual showers.  The bathrooms and facilities are very […]

Touring the Frankfort Area

Yesterday we took a ride on our tandem bicycle to Crystal Lake.   The Betsie Valley trail is a nice trail that starts here in Frankfort and continues past Crystal Lake to Beulah. The trail is paved with smaller hills.   Snake grass along the trail      We stopped at Crystal Lake for a refreshing […]

Summer Cruise on Sanctuary 2015

Summer Cruise on Sanctuary 2015 On the move again: Sanctuary’s headed north on Lake Michigan for our Summer Cruise.  We left Muskegon on July 26, 2015.  First day stop: Pentwater to visit friends who are camping there. Our friend’s daughter and family also have a charming cottage in town just a hop, skip and a […]

Spring is here -Happy Happy Happy

Spring finally arrived and Sanctuary is back in the water.  After many winter projects and upgrades, we look forward to the 2015 boating season.   Sanctuary back at the dock at Lakeshore Yacht Harbour in Muskegon MI.           One of the projects this winter was upgrading the galley. New solid surface […]

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Travels of Sanctuary                             Through the Erie Canal 2014   Our new book is now available!! We are so excited! “Travels of Sanctuary – Through the Erie Canal 2014” Previews of the book can be found on and by clicking on the […]

Sad sad sad … Sanctuary’s last trip this year

We had a great season and trip home from New York.  We were able to see many interesting sights and towns along the way.  However, the season is ending on the Great Lakes,  so Sanctuary is in her winter home.   Now we can be working on upgrades, repairs, maintenance, and some general improvements.   […]

Map of the route home

The map below shows the route home for Sanctuary,  from Stony Point, New York to Muskegon, Michigan. The map was built from the daily tracks on the Navionics application used on our tablet which were uploaded to the Google earth program.  Two daily tracks were lost and I drew them in manually on the Google earth program, one […]

Sanctuary is Home!!

Sanctuary arrived at her home on Friday August 8, 2014!   We were greeted at the Muskegon Channel by our friend Deann who took pictures of us entering the harbor.   Over the weekend, we were excited to introduce Sanctuary to friends and family. Entering Muskegon Harbor               Friends and family […]

Day 28 – Leaving Leland, past the Manitou Islands, Pt. Betsie and into Frankfort

We left Leland and entered the Manitou passage headed south passing North and South Manitou Islands. There was a nice following sea.  Even though the atmosphere was hazy, there was good visibility overall.   Passing by  Point Betsie lighthouse, we continued on into the Frankfort harbor.  After shopping in town, we found a few  treasures.   […]

Day 18 – Finally out of Sandusky, Progress up the Detroit river, and Docked at the birth place of the Edmund Fitzgerald

We finally made it out of Sandusky!   After a more than 30-day delay for repairs, we are traveling again.  Since we left the Sanctuary blog travels at day 17, we will call the restart of travels day 18.  We traveled the rest of the way across Lake Erie and started up the Detroit river. Jeremy […]

Day one of our trip home and Happy Birthday to Steve

Stony Point Light House  Bob Helping Vicki pilot  West Point West Point  Esopous Meadows Light Sunset  Birthday Cake   We went North past West Point, past the Bear Mountain Bridge, Newburg Bridge, and Poughkeepsie Bride. We anchored for the night in Vanderburgh Cove by Esopous Meadows Lighthouse, where we watched a beautiful sunset over the Catskill Mountains. What […]

Travel Plan

We plan to leave from Stony Point New York, Patsy’s Bay Marina on Saturday.   We will then be traveling north on the Hudson River. Once we get to Albany we will connecting with the Erie Canal and following it to Buffalo.